Wednesday, 21 March 2018

MPOV: Elfland (Aetherial Tales #1)

My rating: 4/5
Goodreads rating: 3.73/5

First published: 2009
Author: Freda Warrington
Genre: epic fantasy, romance fiction

Rosie Fox is a daughter of the Aetherials, an ancient race from the Spiral—the innermost realm of the Otherworld—who lives secretly among us. Yet she and her kind are bereft of their origins, because on Earth, in a beautiful village named Cloudcroft, the Great Gates between worlds stand sealed.

Her parents, Auberon and Jessica, are the warm heart of Cloudcroft and of Rosie’s loving family. But on the hill lives the mysterious, aloof Lawrence Wilder, Gatekeeper to the inner realms of Elfland. Tortured by private demons, he is beset by trouble on all sides: his wife has vanished and his sons Jon and Sam are bitter and damaged. Lawrence is duty bound to throw open the Gates every seven years for the Night of the Summer Stars, a ritual granting young Aetherials their heritage, their elders vital reconnection to their source. Lawrence, however, is haunted by fears of an ever-growing menace within the Spiral. When he stubbornly bars the Gates, he defies tradition and enrages the Aetherial community. What will become of them, deprived of the realm from which flows their essential life force? Is Lawrence protecting them—or betraying them?

Growing up amid this turmoil, Rosie and her brothers, along with Sam and Jon Wilder, are heedless of the peril lurking beyond the Gates. They know only that their elders have denied them their birthright, harboring dark secrets in a conspiracy of silence.

When Sam is imprisoned for an all-too-human crime, age-old wounds sunder the two families…yet Rosie is drawn into his web, even as she fears the passions awoken in her by the dangerous Wilder clan. Torn between duty and desire, between worlds, Rosie unwittingly precipitates a tragedy that compels her to journey into the Otherworld, where unknown terrors await. Accompanied by the one man most perilous to her life, she must learn hard lessons about life and love in order to understand her Aetherial nature…and her role in the terrifying conflict to come.

The above taken from Goodreads.

I've not ventured into fantasy for a long time and I've bought this book due to it's fairy-like cover which has been 'calling' me for a while now. Finally started reading this book and it was no turning back! The plots were engaging from the start albeit confusing at first as I had difficulty grasping the many characters and backgrounds, tribes and realms. After a while, I got the hang of it and enjoyed the roller-coaster ride! The many characters maybe confusing but it added the depth needed for such an epic fantasy with a little romance. It wasn't as predictable yet the twisted plots were at times expected especially since I kept jumping towards the end just to know the ending LOL! I thoroughly enjoyed this enthralling book!

The funny thing is once I've started reading, immediately my mind envisioned Jason Momoa as Lawrence Wilder, Jack Black as Sam, Michael Gross as Auberon, Meredith Baxter as Jessica and Chloe Moretz as Rosie. The visionary flow was natural and it made the grasping much easier.

One thing is for sure, some of the characters and plots somehow reminded me of another fantasy fiction i.e. Twilight. It felt like a fanfic of Elfland with certain dramatic plots similar to Twilight but then Twilight was published in 2006. Others reminded me of The Golden Compass like the 'fylgia'. I guess fantasies can't run away much from each other since the tales and likes would intertwined eventually. Only the way it was written, the natural flow of the plots and the easily absorbed prose made the difference.

There are 2 more books in this Aetherial Tales series but they are standalones and not exactly a trilogy i.e. Midsummer Night and Grail of the Summer Stars. However, they are apparently out of print so thankfully I don't have to go hunting for it to know the subsequent ending LOL!

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

A Saturday afternoon with book buddies and book nooks.

Last Saturday was a lot of fun for me but not for Princess, especially since I had the chance to catch up with some book buddies and also immersed with so many book nooks! Princess was definitely bored to death LOL!

We've attended KLBAC Book Meet at 16 Tea House, Damansara Community Library and it was such an awesome event! From book sales to book readings to book donation, the many activities did liven up the small space! They've even included a surprised baby shower for Vivian! Though I didn't joined in the quiz trivia and lucky draw, it was a lot of fun watching them in action! The admins definitely lived up to our expectation and did their level best! It was a successful event indeed!
During the trivia - Princess took the only photo of me - from the back
It's sad though as I was busy catching up with everyone, in the end I didn't take many photos! So I've only had a few to share...
Mommy to be, Vivian, with the baby booties I've made and gifted her!
I would like to applaud 16 Tea House for their hospitality and great service! Well, I had the unfortunate incident where my drink went missing when it was still half full. Thinking that one of the waiters could have cleared it, I asked them hoping to recover it soon before it has been washed but it was not in sight. I was having some cakes but without my drink to wash it down so of course I was a little annoyed. However, one of the staff was kind enough to offer me another glass to replace my missing drink! I was truly surprised and asked for H20 only as I just wanted to wet my dry + cake filled mouth. Instead, he has served me another glass of their delicious fruit tea!!! I was truly grateful and thankful for his nice gesture and thoughtfulness! Unfortunately I was too surprised that I forgot to get his name LOL! Thank you 16 Tea House!!!
Yummy nasi lemak and delicious fruit tea!
After the book meet, Ai Jou and Jessica wanted to drop by Lit Books, Tropicana Avenue so I tagged along as Ai Jou was to drop me off later to meet hubby. I was excited as:

  1. I'll be conducting my first crochet workshop here next month! Oh yes, finally! I'll be teaching how to crochet a basic feather bookmark :-)
  2. I've never been here so I do have to check this awesome place out before the workshop! Also checking out their unique and one of it's kind merchandise!
  3. Not forgetting, meeting the kind bosses who have allowed me to conduct my first workshop at their premise!

Moi, Ai Jou and Jessica
I've just realised I had not taken any photos with the kind bosses... perhaps next round!

Yummy hot cocoa!
I like this quaint bookshop as they have a small cafe serving good coffee and dessert! Definitely a book haven!
A memorable quote before walking into Lit Books, penned by the boss!!!
I just loved this simple yet catchy light box of their logo!
All in all, I did have a lovely afternoon with great company of buddies and books! Now I'm looking forward to my first workshop next month, getting ready all the starter kits and patterns, gearing up for the day! Wish me luck!

Monday, 19 March 2018

Sweet Sixteen!

On this day sixteen years ago, a little baby boy appeared in our lives, giving us so much joy! With a blink of an eye, sixteen years has passed and he's a teenager now! No matter how, he's still my baby, forever!
A very Happy Sweet Sixteen Birthday, my baby! Mommy loves you much! xoxo

Friday, 16 March 2018

CSM: Adoption drive

Adoption drive this Sunday at The School!

For more details, please check out the event page:

Thursday, 15 March 2018

CSM: KLBAC Book Meet

Bring your family members and friends for a bookish day out at 16 Tea House, Damansara Community Library!
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Tuesday, 13 March 2018

MPOV: Tomb Raider

My rating: 3/5
IMDb rating: 7.6/10
Initial released: March 7, 2018
Director: Roar Uthaug
Casts: Alicia Vikander, Daniel Wu, Walter Goggins, Dominic West, Kristen Scott Thomas
Category: PG-13, a 2018 American fantasy action adventure movie

Following the disappearance of her father Richard, Lara Croft lives a reckless and carefree life. When she is arrested after an accident involving a police car, Richard's business partner Ana Miller posts her bail and warns her that if she does not claim her inheritance, her father's estate will be sold off. Lara reluctantly accepts and comes into possession of the key to her father's office. There she finds a pre-recorded message from Richard detailing his research into Himiko, the mythical Queen of Yamatai who was said to command the power over life and death. Richard warns Lara to destroy all of his research but Lara decides to investigate further.

Lara travels to Hong Kong where she bribes Lu Ren, captain of the ship Endurance, to sail to an island believed to have once been Yamatai. The ship capsizes in a violent storm and Lara is washed ashore where she is knocked unconscious. She is revived by Mathias Vogel, the leader of an expedition to locate Himiko's tomb that has been funded by the shadowy Trinity organisation in an attempt to harness and weaponise Himiko's power. Vogel takes Lara prisoner, revealing that he killed her father and intends to use Richard's research to continue his expedition. Lara escapes with the help of Lu Ren, who survived the storm and has been put to work with the local fishermen digging for Himiko's tomb. She evades capture but is seriously wounded in the process and passes out from her injuries.

Lara regains consciousness after nightfall and is forced to kill a Trinity guard when she is nearly discovered. She follows a mysterious figure wandering the island and discovers that the figure is her father, who has himself been held captive on Yamatai. After convincing him that she is real, Richard treats her injuries and despite his protests, Lara sets off to recover his research from Vogel's camp and take the fight to Trinity. Lara makes contact with Lu Ren and he, along with the fishermen, stage distractions, allowing Lara to infiltrate the Trinity camp and recover her father's research. In the ensuing chaos, Richard makes his way to the tomb and is captured by Vogel, who persuades Lara to open Himiko's tomb.

The above taken from Wikipedia.

Of course, Alicia Vikander is not as finesse as Angelina Jolie, portraying a young Lara Croft but she's getting there. At the start of the movie, the attention was on her, for me. As it's a young Lara Croft who's unpolished, brash and rogue, Vikander fits her perfectly. Eventually as the movie progressed, it was more about the adventure than Vikander. Engaging, enthralling and filled with many actions, it was truly entertaining for me. However, there were some undistinguished parts like the camcorder. How could the battery life sustained after 7 years??? A standard battery life will drain slowly but not this one as after 7 years, it can still be played. Hmmm.....

Anyway, my last note is about the cinema. This movie is PG-13 but there were quite a number of Malaysian folks bringing along their children to watch this uncensored gory movie. As I was trying to concentrate on the movie, these people behind me was noisy! Their child kept asking questions about the movie! OMG! If you want to bring your children along, please ensure they shut their mouth!!! Otherwise, please leave them at home! Cinema operators, please ensure teenagers aged 13 and above are allowed into the cinema and not children nor babies!

Friday, 9 March 2018

CSM: Art therapy this Sunday!

Creative Intuitive Painting Workshop @ The Artsy Craftsy Studio:

If you are looking for a one day painting workshop or some art therapy, you can check this event out as they are having a workshop sale!

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Thursday, 8 March 2018

International Women's Day!

I'm every woman... it's all in me...
W onderful
O ustanding
M arvellous
A mbitious
N ice


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